REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses

She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. 

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub: May 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★

A Beauty and the Beast retelling? Why wouldn’t I like that? Besides Mulan, it’s my favorite Disney retelling. But as I inched closer and closer to the end of the book, I just found myself bored with everything happening. Yes, there were a few interesting moments, a few twists and turns that had me excited for what was to come, but those seemed to amount to nothing.

I grew bored with the majority of the characters about 100 pages in, and really only cared about Lucien and Rhys when I closed my Kindle at the final page.

I didn’t care about the romance in the least. 0%. Also, this is considered ‘new adult’? There was like one sex scene, and it happens right out of nowhere. They’re talking, they’re having sex, they’re done, and then they go right back to talking, like it never happened, and it’s hardly ever brought up again…

If this is ‘new adult’ I’d like to see what Game of Thrones is considered…

And the ending seemed to come right out of left field with a HUGE, and I mean HUGE infodump that left my head spinning. And these three trials Feyre must face (hate that name by the way. If your species hate faeries, why name your daughter something remotely close to that?) just seem to come right out of nowhere and the entire last 3/4’s of this book just felt a bit like a mess.

Again, as a fan of Maas’s Throne of Glass series, it pains me to say that I didn’t enjoy this. There were a few moments of interest, but they were few and far between and went nowhere.


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